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THE first sight of the restoration work to save the only British submarine surviving from the Second World War is set to be revealed on Friday.

After decades of exposure to sea water and dampness that has caused severe corrosion, HMS Alliance, the centrepiece attraction at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport is entering the final phase of a £7 million conservation project to restore her back to her former glory.

Chris Munns, museum director, said: ‘This is an exciting milestone in our conservation project to restore HMS Alliance for future generations.

‘It will be the first glimpse that submariners and our visitors will get to view the restoration work of the entire exterior of this fascinating submarine that is a major part of our maritime heritage and the memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the 5,300 British submariners who have died in service.’

This marks the completion of the second phase of the overall Alliance Conservation Project.